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January, 2021 – As the team at VETS Indexes looks to what is ahead for 2021, we will first look at the year that was. Donald Trump survived impeachment in early 2020. However other factors proved to be too much for him to be reelected for a second term. When we published last year’s note, we were only learning of the novel Coronavirus, which later became classified as COVID-19. At the time, all eyes were on China and the great draconian measures being taken to eradicate the highly contagious virus. Unfortunately not long after, the virus was detected in other parts of Asia and Europe. The first confirmed U.S. case of COVID was reported on January 20, 2020. The case was then reported to the CDC on January 22. In February many states throughout the U.S. were reporting person-to-person transmission of the novel coronavirus, while much of Europe had already begun “locking down” with stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders.

New Index Tracks Performance of Firms That Recognize Veterans’ Value

October 19, 2020 – From Pensions & Investments – A firm that creates custom indexes that show the value U.S. military veterans bring to the workplace has launched an index with the help of Wilshire Associates that tracks the performance of public large-cap firms that are most supportive of veterans.

The Veterans Select index, created and owned by VETS Indexes LLC and calculated and maintained by Wilshire, measures the performance of publicly traded companies that have strong records hiring military veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves.

The VETS Indexes eligible universe leverages selection criteria such as company culture, policies and reservist accommodations to identify companies that are the best employers of military veterans.

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VictoryShares Expands Suite of Thematic ETFs

SAN ANTONIO, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Victory Capital Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: VCTR) (“Victory Capital” or the “Company”) today announced that it has launched the VictoryShares Top Veteran Employers ETF (VTRN) and the VictoryShares Protect America ETF (SHLD). Both ETFs began trading on Nasdaq Stock Market® in early November 2020.

The launch of VTRN and SHLD follows the introduction of the VictoryShares Nasdaq Next 50 ETF (QQQN) and further expands the VictoryShares suite of thematic ETFs.

VTRN seeks to provide investment results that track the performance of the Veterans Select IndexSM, before fees and expenses. The Index is designed to capture the performance of publicly traded companies with outstanding records as employers of Veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves.

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Veteran Hiring and the 2021 VETS Indexes Employer Awards

Nasdaq TradeTalks: VETS Indexes Managing Director & USMC Veteran Karl Snyder joins Jill Malandrino on #VeteransDay to discuss veteran hiring and the 2021 VETS Indexes Employer Awards:

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ETF.com: VictoryShares Adds 2 ETFs

November 04, 2020 – Today, VictoryShares launched an ETF that focuses primarily on companies that have been supportive of U.S. military veterans, with another with a focus on companies related to America’s security interests slated to roll out tomorrow. The VictoryShares Top Veteran Employers ETF (VTRN) and the soon-to-debut VictoryShares Protect America ETF (SHLD) both list on the Nasdaq stock market and come with expense ratios of 0.60%.

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VictoryShares introduces ‘Veteran Employers’ and ‘Protect America’ ETFs

November 10, 2020 –VictoryShares has introduced a pair of thematic equity ETFs that are likely to resonate with US investors of a patriotic bent. Listed on Nasdaq, the funds provide exposure to companies that are notably supportive of US military veterans and to companies that contribute to the national security interests of the US. They are the VictoryShares Top Veteran Employers ETF (VTRN US) and the VictoryShares Protect America ETF (SHLD US), both of which come with a net expense ratio of 0.60%.

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November 11, 2020 – ​As we commemorate Veterans Day 2020, we are filled with tremendous gratitude at ​VETS Indexes​ for all United States Military Veterans. We sincerely thank these brave men and women for serving our great nation, so that we may live in freedom. We also wish the United States Marine Corps a belated happy 245t​ h​ birthday, a milestone the Corps reached yesterday. We must never forget the service and sacrifices made by Veterans from all branches of service.

The U.S. workforce is in a very different environment, where gathering in large groups is very difficult and many precautions are needed to keep personnel safe. We feel that this will have an ongoing impact on the way business is conducted and the marketplace. We have seen many organizations continue to work remotely for the remainder of the calendar year, especially with the flu season now upon us…

From Pensions & Investments, October 19, 2020 – A firm that creates custom indexes that show the value U.S. military veterans bring to the workplace has launched an index with the help of Wilshire Associates that tracks the performance of public large-cap firms that are most supportive of veterans.

The Veterans Select index, created and owned by VETS Indexes LLC and calculated and maintained by Wilshire, measures the performance of publicly traded companies that have strong records hiring military veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves.

The VETS Indexes eligible universe leverages selection criteria such as company culture, policies and reservist accommodations to identify companies that are the best employers of military veterans. The Veterans Select index is constructed from that universe and includes public companies that carry a market cap of $1 billion or more with liquidity greater than $40 million in average daily traded dollar volume….

SANTA MONICA, Calif., October 5, 2020 – Wilshire Associates (Wilshire®) today announced the launch of a new Powered by Wilshire℠ index, the Veterans Select Index. Created and owned by VETS Indexes, calculated and maintained by Wilshire, the index is designed to measure performance of publicly traded companies with outstanding records….

NEW YORK, October 2, 2020​ – We are proud to announce the selection of 54 U.S. listed public companies to the ​2020 VETS Employers Index​. We welcome six new Index constituents and congratulate the continued dedication of the 48 companies maintaining their position within the Index. Congratulations to all these firms for their ongoing commitment to veterans and their families. Added this year are: AECOM, Allstate, General Dynamics, J.B. Hunt Transport, Northrup Grumman and Oshkosh…

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted mass business closures and layoffs, introducing uncertainty and economic hardship nationwide. One organization that aims to help America’s frontline service members integrate back into society is VETS Indexes, a thematic index provider with a core mission to provide investors exposure to socially responsible companies that support America’s veterans and frontline responders….

Managing Director/Chief Market Strategist of VETS Indexes and Marine Corps Veteran Karl Snyder discusses learning to read businesses with his dad and a Wall Street Journal, establishing himself after the service, and analyzing Fortune 500 companies based on hiring practices for Veterans. Karl discusses his work with VETS Indexes to build an index of publicly traded companies that reflected best practices of Veteran hiring and retention.

VETS ETF crushes the competition with a 33% gain this year. As thematic investment strategies go, a fund that invests in companies that support military personnel and their families could seem like a stretch — until you check its performance…

Recently featured on CBS Eye on Veterans, VETS Indexes Chief Market Strategist, Karl Snyder, CMT, talks about veteran hiring, the advantages and financial gain from doing so.

ETF.com and Inside ETFs are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 ETF.com awards. These annual awards are designed to recognize the people, companies and products driving the ETF industry forward and delivering new value to investors.

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InsightShares Patriotic Employers and Pacer Military Times Best Employers offer exposure to large, well-known companies that try to recruit military veterans

The time has come to honor and thank military veterans and gratitude is being extended in many ways. Veterans Day observation is replete with parade and salute to service, vets’ freebies and meal deals as well as job creations. Many…

Although Veterans Days is only one day a year, there are ETFs that can honor our Vets throughout the year, and we want to remind investors that aligning principles with principal can provide for the best outcome. With this in…

VETS Indexes takes a unique spin on the environmental, social, and governance investing model by building and promoting indexes built around firms that strongly support America’s veterans. Read the entire feature from Advisors Magazine.

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Let each of us take this opportunity to sincerely thank these brave men and women for serving our great nation in all circumstances, so that we may live in freedom. We also wish the United States Marine Corps a happy…

When an advisor is tasked by a client to suggest investments that could take advantage of the United States’ increased military spending, the default play might be to offer alternatives in aerospace and defense exchange-traded funds (ETFs), but what about…